Monthly Archives: November 2010

I’m still here…

…just busy with real life. Now, in Scientology, I would be ordered to handle my PTPs (Present Time Problems) – it’s considered wrong to let everyday scrabbles get in the way of the Big Picture. Luckily, I’m not a Scientologist, so I’ll deal with what I have to deal with,and be back to blogging soon!


More from the Data Series: Facts that aren’t facts

The Data Series is full of L. Ron Hubbard’s examples that the Wog world in general – and academia, governments, and the military in particular – are stupid and incompetent. Read through the Data Series and you’ll find scores of statements like this one from Data Series 6R:

“The reason I am using [government] intelligence examples is because these are the biggest human data collection ‘professionals’ in the world. The collection and use of data to estimate situations to guide national actions and the data collection by a housewife going shopping are based on the same principles.
— LRH, Data Series 6R, DATA SYSTEMS

Those of us on the outside know why LRH had such a chip on his shoulder about these organizations – because they dared to be critical of him. (If you’re not familiar, read Bare Faced Messiah.) Come on – intelligence services no more sophisticated than a housewife on a shopping run? But wait – Hubbard had facts!

“…A report is considered true or factual only if the source is well thought of… Philby, as a high British intelligence official, was a Russian spy for 30 years. Any data he gave the UK or US was ‘true’ because he was a ‘reliable source.’ He had every Western agent who was being sent into communist areas ‘fingered’ and shot. The West became convinced you could not enter or overthrow communist held areas and stopped trying! Philby was the top authority! He fooled CIA and MI-6 for years!” — LRH

A likely story… until you look into it.

I’m no expert, but if my history is correct, Kim Philby was a communist since around 1930, joined the British Secret Service in 1940, and started working with the CIA in 1949. He was under suspicion by the early 1950s; in fact, CIA asked the British government to fire him in 1951. Philby was, in fact, discharged by the SIS, and though he was later cleared and reinstated, within a few years he was again suspected of being a spy. Philby defected to the Soviet Union in 1963.

To say that Philby had ‘every western agent…fingered and shot” is not true. Hubbard wrote this policy in 1970, right in the midst of the Vietnam War, so clearly, the West had not given up on entering or overthrowing communist-held areas. And to imply that Philby fooled both the British and US governments for the better part of 30 years is a gross oversimplification and a misinterpretation of the truth. Typical Hubbard.

It’s funny – Scientologists often remind us that Hubbard urged his followers to “look for themselves” and find the truth. And yet when you look at what Hubbard presents as facts, they simply don’t hold water.

How can Scientologists insist on taking what Hubbard says as gospel?


Hard sell

This is one of my favorite bits of L. Ron Hubbard’s administrative “technology:”

“Hard sell means insistence that people buy. It means caring about the person and not being reasonable* about stops or barriers but caring enough to get him through the stops or barriers to get the service that’s going to rehabilitate him.” — LRH, HCO PL 26 Sept 1979, COPYWRITING

* “Reasonable,” in Scientology, has been redefined to mean “accept[ing] reasons why something cannot be done.” It is seen as a bad thing. (Source: Scientology Admin Dictionary)

See what LRH did there? LRH redefined hard sell to be about caring. You don’t hard-sell someone to get money out of them; you hard-sell them because you care about their eternity. This is one of the ways LRH took advantage of his Scientologists, many of whom were (and still are) big-hearted people with a genuine desire to help. With the concept of hard sell, LRH appealed to their better nature, taking advantage of their altruism to make more money for his business.

More on hard sell from the same policy letter:

“It is necessary in writing an ad or a flier to assume that the person is going to sign up right now. You tell him that he is going to sign up right now and he is going to take it right now…. One does not describe something, one commands something. [People] respond to direct commands in literature and ads.” — LRH

An interesting religious “tenet”, eh? I wonder what Jesus or Buddah or Moses or Allah said about writing advertisements… oh wait, they didn’t.

Hubbard apologists might try to argue that the policy letter from which I am quoting comes from the “admin tech” and had nothing to do with religious beliefs. Oh yeah?

“If one does not understand this, and if he doesn’t know that Dianetics and Scientology are the most valuable service on the planet, he will not be able to understand hard sell or be able to write good copy.

“So realize that you’re not offering cars or life insurance or jewelry or stocks or bonds or houses… You’re offering a service that’s going to rehabilitate the thetan.” — LRH

If you ever wonder how Scientologists can push so hard to sell services or solicit donations – how they can harangue fellow Scientologists to give past the point that they can reasonably afford – perhaps this will give you some insight.

Imagine what these same people could do if they invested their time, energy and enthusiasm in something that really did help people.


Data Series 1: You are an idiot

This week, I decided to start reading L. Ron Hubbard’s Data Series, a collection of policies that get into the innards of Scientology thinking, specifically how to handle, evaluate and deal with information (LRH preferred the word “data”).

Encompassing fifty-one policies and stretching out over nearly two hundred pages, the Data Series isn’t exactly a quick read, but it’s a good subject for protesters – especially the first policy, HCO PL 26 April 1970R, Data Series 1R, THE ANATOMY OF THOUGHT. You will find it in OEC Volume 1, which you can download from this MegaUpload link.

In case you don’t care to read it, I’ll sum it up for you:

Non-Scientologists are fucking idiots.

ANATOMY OF THOUGHT describes a Wog world where communication is taught improperly at schools, resulting in all sorts of bizarre behavior. LRH describes the plight of a typical business manager:

“Outside and inside his sphere of influence he is dealing with people who not only can’t think but have been taught carefully to reach irrational conclusions… He is dealing with people who in school were not only not taught to think but were often taught the impossibility of thinking or communicating.

“Here is an example: By opinion it is assumed there are 3000 pounds of potatoes available in a crop. An order is therefore written and payment ($300 at 10 cents a pound) is made for the crop. One sack of potatoes is delivered containing 100 pounds. That sack was the fact. Loss is 2900 pounds of potatoes.” — LRH

(If anyone can make sense of Hubbard’s example, please email and explain it to me. I’m still trying to figure it out.)

“The people with whom he is dealing can’t think to such a degree that they give him insane situations. Such people are not crazy. Their thinking is suppressed and distorted by modern “education.”

“You give this person a brief write-up of company policy. ‘Customers must be satisfied with our service,’ begins the write-up… On down the page is written, ‘A card is sent to advise the customer about the order.’ The employee says he understands all this and goes off apparently happy to carry out his duties. A few weeks later Smith and Co. write and say they will do no more business with you. You hastily try to find out WHY. If you’re lucky enough to track it down, you find the shipping clerk sent them a card saying, ‘Your order was received and we don’t intend to fill it.'” — LRH

This is the gist of the policy: People have been taught ass-backwards thinking, and as a result, they screw up everything. Nothing can get done… at least, not without LRH’s management methods.

Now, how any sane person can buy into this is beyond me. If the general populace were this stupid, how would the Empire State Building have been built? How would the stock market operate every day? How would we have sent a man to the moon? If everyone were this ruined by education, nothing would work. Everything would stop.

And yet Scientologists apparently believe it.

Lest you think I’m cherry-picking, I urge you to download OEC1 and read the policy yourself. LRH really does paint the “Wog world” as such a scary, imbecilic and insane place. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that many people cling to LRH technology, even when they discover that the organized Church of Scientology is corrupt. (Yeah, yeah, I know – they stay because LRH tech works.)

This touches a nerve with me, because I have always insisted that Scientologists are not idiots. (And I honestly don’t think they are.) And yet what does LRH teach about wogs like me?

That we’re idiots.


More on the Data Series coming up.


Two sides, one story

Today I want to send you over to an (apparently Church-backed) anti-Marty site called Marty Rathbun Blog, specifically to a blog entry entitled Marty Rathbun turns his clients into religious haters.

Now, I’m sure some Indies will see this as proof that I am aligned with the Church; after all, I am forwarding an enemy line. That’s not it at all. No, I want you to read this blog entry and see how similar the language is to what you read on Marty Rathbun’s site.

Substitute the word “squirrel” with “OSA agent,” substitute “Marty Rathbun” with “David Miscavige,” and it’s largely the same rhetoric. Both sides are accusing the other of mis-applying Scientology with the end result of preventing people from achieving salvation. And both label all people who disagrees with LRH (like me) as “haters”.

Read the comments, and you’ll see very similar language there, too.

Why are they so similar? Because their viewpoint comes from the exact same place: The writings and teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

How are we supposed to believe that Independent Scientology will be any different than what the Church does now?

Let’s say David Miscavige was somehow toppled and someone else took over, someone who believes strongly in LRH. I’m sure – at least, I would hope – that the pysical beatings would stop, as would the rampant SP declares, and maybe even the incessant demands for money. (But the latter wouldn’t stop for long. Remember, LRH’s rules of management by statistics demanded ever-increasing stats.)

Surely the changes would seem significant to those inside – but to those on the outside, things wouldn’t really change all that much. Those who begged to differ with the Church’s direction would still be branded as squirrels, and those who disagreed with LRH would still be labeled as “Scientology haters” or “religious bigots”.

And the practice of Scientology would still be just as dangerous.

There are people, both Scientologists and non-Scientologists, calling for a kinder, gentler Scientology. But to make that happen, one must partially reject the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, something LRH himself said was a big no-no.

Will realy change come to Scientology? Can real change come to Scientology? Maybe – but it isn’t going to come from anyone who believes in “pure LRH tech.”


A few words from LRH

“We of the Church believe… that all men have inalienable rights to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Source: Church of Scientology Creed

“Crimes [include] holding Scientology materials up to ridicule, contempt or scorn. Suppressive Acts include public disavowal of Scientology… public statements against Scientology… voting for legislation or ordinances, rules or laws directed towards the Supression of Scientology… testifying hostilely before state or public inquiries into Scientology… [and] writing anti-Scientology letters to the press.

“Persons or groups that [commit suppressive acts] cannot be granted the rights and beingness ordinarily accorded rational beings.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Source: HCO PL 7 Mar 1965 Issue III and HCO PL 23 Dec 1965


Is Caliwog an OSA agent?

From time to time, I get accused of being an agent of the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s in-house secret police (and the former domain of Mike Rinder). I actually find the accusation rather amusing – I’m about as likely to join the Church of Scientology as David Duke is to join B’nai B’rith – but I often wonder why people (usually Scientologists) think that. I’ve tried to find out from Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, but I’ve never been able to get a straight answer. However, I did find something useful in a reply to this post on Marty’s blog. In this comment, a reader named RJ said:

Anyway the way to spot these guys is by the fact even though they’ll attack the subject and even malign Ron [Hubbard] they will avoid talking about Miscavige or worse try to give the impression that he was anointed personally by the Ol’man to assume the throne or that he is just applying policy.

In a follow-on comment, RJ said:

I’ve been watching these OSA Ass-Clowns since they first hit ARS [alt.religion.scientology, a Usenet newsgroup] and changed their tactics from theta spamming the entheta to playing the roles of critics in order to divert the [newsgroup] from any meaningful discussions about how Hades Dave and his evil minions were perverting Scientology and making a mockery of the subject.

RJ makes a very good point. I’ve written a great deal pointing out that many of the abuses attributed to David Miscavige originated with L. Ron Hubbard, and I’ve made a specific effort to disprove Marty when he blames LRH’s policies on David Miscavige. I’ve even posted a blog entry from Aaron Saxton suggesting that DM was LRH’s choice to take over the Church.

Now, I’m sure that the bulk of you see the point I am trying to make, but to a hard-core Scientologist, for whom anything negative about LRH or Scientology is “entheta,” it probably does look like I am trying to defend David Miscavige while putting down Marty Rathbun – both of which are goals of the official Church of Scientology.

And then there’s the fact that Independents believe that the Church is screwing up Scientology as part of a deliberate, evil attempt to ensure that mankind never becomes truly free. (Churchies believe the same thing about Independents.) From what RJ’s saying, it sounds like they see my posts about the ill-intentioned roots of Scientology as merely a distraction from the real issue, i.e. DM’s systematic perversion of LRH’s technology. As far as they’re concerned, I’m not saying anything meaningful, I’m merely creating a diversion. (This ignores the fact that, per LRH policy, by questioning and ridiculing Scientology doctrine, I’m committing a Scientology crime.)

Keep in mind that Hubbard taught his Scientologists that the world is made up of two-sided issues; you’re either with us or against us. He called it a two-terminal universe. There is no room for a third viewpoint, i.e. one that thinks both LRH and DM are full of crap. I’m sure not every Scientologist believes this, but from my experience, a lot of them do.

Now, I certainly don’t want to sound like I’m sticking up for David Miscavige. As far as I’m concerned, he’s an evil little troll. Still, the focus of this blog is LRH, and DM often takes a back seat (where he fits quite nicely. Ha! Ha!) I’ve been careful to point out that by blaming DM’s actions on LRH, I’m not giving the little guy a free pass, but I don’t think that’ll pass muster with the Scientologists. To wit, here’s more from RJ:

What’s unique about these more recent attacks is that they are even obliquely criticizing Miscavige by using the term “DMbot” (I can imagine the OSA op’s hand shakily typing this into the keyboard) in order to give themselves cred as not an OSA operation.

So I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t.

My alternate theory, which I’ve posted on this blog (and attempted to post on Marty’s, although he’s censored it) is that Marty is trying to label me as OSA as a “dead agent” technique. Keep in mind that Marty views me as part of the problem (i.e. suppressing freedom by suppressing Scientology), and by saying I’m OSA, a group that most of his readers mistrust, Marty can torpedo my credibility; if they come to this site and read, they’ll be disinclined to listen from the get-go – that’s the dead agent technique. The Church does exactly the same thing to discredit Marty.

Marty might also be applying LRH’s positioning “tech,” which says that you could make something seem bad by positioning it with something that people didn’t like. LRH used psychiatry – a fail, since few people in the outside world share LRH’s hatred of the “psychs” – but using OSA is a win for Marty, as his followers are so upset with the Church.

I recently asked Marty how I could prove I was not OSA, and he asked me for my name, which I said I’d discuss in email. He never emailed, so he either doesn’t really believe I’m OSA or he doesn’t really care. I tend to assume the former, although I have to remind myself that Marty probably believes LRH about this being a two-terminal universe. That’s yet another thing Marty’s followers have in common with DM’s: They think anyone who talks crap about the tech (like me) must be working for the other side.

Incidentally, I’ve also been accused of being an OSA agent by anons, but I’m guessing that’s because I’m fairly fluent in Scientologese, and when I think I’m addressing a bonafide Scientologist, I’ll often use the vernacular. I get the feeling that most serious protesters, even if they don’t agree with my view, have figured out that I’m not OSA.

Anyway, I don’t know if any of this matters much; it’s not going to affect what I write, although I will be sure to continue making the point that by enforcing these policies, DM is no less guilty than LRH. Regardless… well, I just thought it was interesting. And now, if you read someone somewhere saying I’m an OSA agent, you’ll know why.

Oops, my secret direct phone line to David Miscavige is ringing. Gotta go!